Jan. 25, 2010
The conference office announced on Monday the 11th weekly men’s basketball award for games played January 18-24. Purdue's JaJuan Johnson earned his first weekly honor of the season after leading the Boilermakers to a pair of wins in Big Ten action last week.
Player of the Week:
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue
Jr. | 6-10 | F/C
Indianapolis, Ind. - Franklin Central
JaJuan Johnson posted team-best averages of 22.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game to propel the Boilermakers to a crucial road win over Illinois and a home victory over Michigan. The Indianapolis native registered 24 and 21 points, respectively, marking the first time in his career that he has tallied at least 20 points in consecutive outings. He played a season-high 37 minutes against the Illini, finishing with a season-high 12 rebounds to mark his fifth double-double on the year. Johnson also coupled his 6-of-11 performance from the floor with 12-of-15 free throws, setting career highs for both makes and attempts from the charity stripe. Defensively, the 6-10 forward rejected two shots in the win over Illinois, marking his 14th multi-block performance in the season's first 18 games. Johnson continued his scoring tear in Purdue's win over Michigan on Saturday, sharing game-high honors with 21 points. He netted nine of the Boilers' first 12 points of the second half as they built a 27-point cushion over U-M en route to a double-digit victory. The Big Ten’s leading offensive rebounder, Johnson pulled down seven in the win over the Wolverines to average 9.5 boards on the week. In the two games, he shot nearly 54 percent from the floor and nearly 79 percent from the line. This is the first weekly laurel in Johnson’s career and the first for a Boilermaker this season.
Last Purdue Player of the Week: Robbie Hummel (Dec. 22, 2008)